• Coleman High School

    Student Handbook

     

    Dear Student and Parent,

     

    Welcome to Coleman High School, home of the “Knights”.  The teachers and staff at Coleman High School are here to provide students with the best instructional strategies and overall educational programs to prepare them to be successful in their current and future educational endeavors. High expectations for students’ performance attendance and behavior will be the norm as we prepare our students for the future.

     

    Although the Student Code of Conduct may seem lengthy, it is very important that you and your child review it together. Coleman High School will provide a challenging and effective instructional program with the best teachers available, prepare our students to be proficient in the use of technology, and provide a safe and secure environment. As we hold to our commitment of providing a positive learning environment for our students, we ask for your help in making our campus as secure and nurturing as possible.  As always, we appreciate your assistance and value your support.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    David Moore

    Principal

    Coleman High School

     

     

    ENROLLMENT:

     

    In order to enroll at CHS, a student must complete a CHS application, schedule and attend an interview and CHS orientation with a parent/guardian, and be accepted to enroll.  If you are coming to Coleman High School from another Midland School, do not withdraw from that school until instructed to do so by Coleman High School Staff.  The student and parent/guardian will then complete all district enrollment paperwork.

    Students from other school districts must bring their withdrawal paperwork and transcript to the interview and orientation.

     

    ACADEMIC PROGRESS:

     

    When a student chooses to enroll at CHS, s/he states her/his certain educational goals. CHS requires that minimum academic requirements be met to continue as a student at Coleman. .  For A+ courses this is at least 4 apples per week.  For Odyssey courses this is staying on the time line set for the course by the teacher.  If a student fails to complete a class within a semester, a 50 will be recorded on the transcript.  The student will then have to re-take the class.  Ultimately, class placement and scheduling will be at the discretion and approval of the counselor and administration.

     

    All academic work must be completed during school hours under the supervision and with monitoring of the assigned teacher. Plagiarism, lending work, or borrowing work from others will result in all students involved being withdrawn from the course with a 50 recorded for the course grade.

     

    SCHOOL DAY:

     

    8:40 AM – 4:05 PM

    We have an 8 period day with lunch between 4th and 5th periods.

     

    SUPPLIES:

     

    1 – Single subject spiral for each class.  If you have a full schedule you will need 8 spirals.

    2 – Writing instruments, pens/pencils

     

    **** Additional Supplies May be required for specific courses as needed; i.e. 

             Family and Consumer Sciences

     

     

    BACKPACKS:

     

    No backpacks are needed or allowed on campus.

     

     

    PARKING PERMIT:

     

    Students enrolling at CHS must purchase a parking permit if they intend to park in the school parking lot. While this does not guarantee a reserved parking space, it does identify who is enrolled.  Violators may be subject to having their vehicle towed.

     

     

     

    ID BADGE:

     

    For safety reasons, all students are required to carry and display upon request the campus issued photo ID card. In addition, students may be required to display the photo identification card at school-sponsored events. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in disciplinary action. Replacement of lost/mutilated picture ID badges will be at the student’s expense of $5.00.

                                         

     SCHOOL PROCEDURES

     

    Teachers will monitor academic progress. Students will meet their teacher and advisor regularly to review academic progress and attendance, and to set goals concerning any needed improvement. Teachers are required to communicate with parents/legal guardian(s) when attendance and/or academic progress falls below acceptable.

     

    ATTENDANCE:

     

    Excessive tardies or unexcused absences will result in disciplinary action.

     

    Successful CHS students are the students who attend school on a daily basis.  While attendance does not by itself guarantee success, it is impossible to be successful without regular attendance. If a student is absent ten (10) days or more, the student may lose credit in all of the courses in which the student is registered. Students arriving after the beginning of the school day and returning late from lunch will fill out a tardy pass with the attendance clerk. A security guard is on duty and will monitor tardiness.

     

    Students have many guided choices to make while attending CHS. However, there is no choice regarding attendance. Students are required by the State of Texas and MISD to attend School every day. Teachers and attendance clerks will communicate with students and/or parents/legal guardians regarding attendance and academic progress. If a student is absent s/he must bring a written note*explaining the absence upon her/his return to school. WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION NOT RECEIVED WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS OF THE STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Five (5) consecutive absences must have a doctor’s written documentation to be excused. The parent/guardian must call explaining the absence –All written documentation is subject to verification.

     

    *All written documentation must include the following:

                 1.     Date(s) of absence(s)

                 2.     Reason for absence(s)

                 3.     First and last name of student

                 4.     Six-digit student I.D.

                 5.     Signature of parent, guardian, or student if student is over 18

                 6.     Doctor’s written explanation, if 5 or more days absent

                 7.     If an eighteen-year old is offended by the parental contact, he/she

                         must put in writing not to contact the parent. (A copy will be sent to the   

                         parent).

     

    The absence may be excused if a student is absent and submits written documentation explaining her/his absence (illness, funeral, etc.). Court appearances should be scheduled outside of the school day (i.e., traffic, etc.). If a court appearance must occur during the school day, the court must sign an excuse. If a student is absent from school and does not submit proper written documentation, s/he will be charged with an unexcused or truant absence. When truant, the MISD STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT will be followed for disciplinary purposes.

    Tardiness may be excused according to the same guidelines as absences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

     

    If the student is (18) before the first day of the school year, s/he will be withdrawn from school for excessive absences and/or failure to submit proper documentation. If a student’s eighteenth (18) birthday occurs after the first day of school, s/he must adhere to the Texas Compulsory School Attendance Law (Senate Bill 1), which requires the student to be in school every day. MISD and CHS have a legal/moral obligation to contact parents/guardians regarding attendance. Students who miss more than 9 days may be referred to the Attendance Review Committee. According to HB907, a person who is 18 or older and is enrolled in public school must attend each day. If the person has more than five (5) unexcused absences in one semester, the school district may revoke the person’s enrollment for the remainder of the year. A student may be dismissed for excessive absences and/or failure to submit proper documentation. YOUR PARENT MUST COME TO THE SCHOOL TO SIGN YOU OUT.  THIS IS REQUIRED FOR ANY STUDENT TO LEAVE THE CHS CAMPUS UNLESS THE STUDENT IS 18 OR OLDER.

     

    ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES:

     

    Attendance at Coleman High School is taken each period. Every student MUST be present with his or her teacher at these times. IF not in attendance, the student will be counted absent (unexcused) or truant.

     

    ALL NOTES, ATTENDANCE TELEPHONE CALLS AND INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE COLEMAN ATTENDANCE CLERK AT 689-5000.

     

    Tardies:  Tardies are generally not excused however, documentation may be considered according to the guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Students arriving late must get a tardy slip upon arrival. Students with excessive tardies may be referred to the Attendance Review Committee. Tardies may be used as documentation for non-attendance and the ARC may determine to refer students to the district juvenile court authorities for truancy.

     

    PROOF OF ENROLLMENT:

     

    Proof of enrollment for a driver’s license will be issued only if the student has been in attendance the required number of school days (can’t miss more than 10 days per semester) as specified in the state law.

     

    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

     

    Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Students who arrive late from breakfast or lunch will be counted tardy. Every student may complete a free lunch form and return it to the attendance clerk.

     

    TELEPHONE AND MESSAGES:

     

    The office telephones are here for school business only. Personal messages will NOT be taken for students. Messages concerning medical emergencies or a death in the family will be delivered to students once the nature of the emergency is known and authorized by the principal.

     

    COMPUTERS:

     

    Please refer to the MISD Computer usage policy located in the MISD student handbook.

     

     

     

     

    COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES:

     

    A student must complete all requirements for graduation in order to participate in commencement exercises. You must work closely with the school counselor to ensure that all requirements are met.

     

     

    PROGRESS REPORTS:

     

    Teachers will mail progress reports the third week of each six weeks and at any other time a teacher may deem it necessary. A report card will be mailed at the end of the six weeks. Failure to show progress within the semester will result in a student repeating the course. Parents who have concerns regarding their student’s progress or attendance are encouraged to call the school for specific information.

     

    DRESS:

     

    All students will be expected to dress in a manner suitable for school. The MISD Student Code of Conduct will be followed.  Modesty is a general rule and should be considered in all clothing choices. 

     

    BEHAVIOR:

     

    The MISD Student Code of Conduct will be followed

     

    Any student is subject to dismissal from CHS for any violation involving violence.

     

    When the MISD Student Code of Conduct is violated, the level of the violation will determine the disciplinary action taken. The disciplinary options outlined in the Student Code of Conduct will be followed when a violation occurs. A violation may result in disciplinary action and dismissal at the end of the semester. If a student has three (3) or more disciplinary referrals to the office or has been sent to D.A.E.P., the student will be subject to dismissal at the end of the semester with no appeal option.

     

    Cell phones- Not allowed during the school day except at lunch or with teacher approval for specific purposes.

     

     

    DAYCARE FACILITY

     

    Only students with children in child care will be allowed in the Child Care Center and may enter only at lunch.

     

     

     

     

     

    VIOLA M. COLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL CLINIC

                                                                   

     

    A SCHOOL NURSE IS AVAILABLE ONLY ONE DAY A WEEK DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

     

    REGULAR SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL COLEMAN STUDENTS THE SAME AS ON ANY CAMPUS IN M.I.S.D.

     

     

    PLEASE CALL IF YOU NEED ANYTHING OR JUST HAVE A QUESTION.

    689-5000

     

     

     

                                           VEHICLE REGISTRATION GUIDELINES

                                                       COLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL

     

     

     

    1.           A student driving a vehicle to Coleman High School must have a current school year registration sticker.

     

    1.           The registration sticker must be permanently attached to the front windshield, upper driver side corner.

     

    1.           Parking spaces on the West side of Coleman are reserved for students. Parking spaces on the East side are reserved for Coleman staff and faculty. Parking in these unauthorized spaces will result in having your vehicle towed at your expense.

     

    1.           Vehicle speed is not to exceed 10 miles per hour on the Coleman High School campus. The speed limit is an effort to ensure safety of person and property.

     

    1.           Cruising in the parking lot will not be permitted.

     

    1.           Loitering (sitting in parked car) will not be permitted during school hours.

     

    1.           Consumption of food and /or beverage is not permitted in the parking lot.

     

    1.           The use of tobacco is not permitted on campus, including the parking lot.

     

    1.           Students exiting the parking lot during scheduled class time must present proper identification and clearance from the attendance office.

     

    1.       Repeated or severe infraction of rule(s) may result in forfeiture of campus parking privilege to further appropriate action taken.